Henri-Louis Pernod, who first distilled industrial Absinthe in early nineteenth century in Pontarlier, France, utilized a wine alcohol base. He distilled the alcohol with herbs such as wormwood, fennel, aniseed, hyssop, angelica, lemon balm, star anise, juniper, veronica, dittany and also nutmeg absinthe glass. Wine is the traditional base for Absinthe but some distillers use other sorts of alcohol.
If you search for Absinthe recipes online, you will see that most of them involve steeping blends of herbs in liquor just like Everclear, white rum or vodka.
How would you Produce Absinthe at home?
Even though some recipes on the web are for distilling Absinthe, distillation of liquor with no license is against the law in several countries and you also have to have the right equipment and you need to know what you’re doing. So, are there any other strategies to making Absinthe?
– Steeping and Filtering – This usually involves steeping herbs just like wormwood, fennel, aniseed, calamus root, star anise, mint, coriander seeds, cloves etc. for several days or perhaps a couple of weeks inside the neutral alcohol base and then filtering. Only distillation will give you a genuine Absinthe, this will just present you with an Absinthe flavored vodka.
– Using an Absinthe Kit – Almost all of the kits available on the internet, much like the ones from Green Devil, are just steeping kits. They’re easier than finding and preparing your own personal herbs but you’re merely steeping the herbs in vodka again and creating a flavored vodka.
– Using an Absinthe kit form AbsintheKit.com is a much simpler and better approach to make Absinthe from home. AbsintheKit.com produce essences for the Absinthe industry and the essences are produced by distilling conventional Absinthe herbs in alcohol. The distillation is done for you and all you need to do is mix the essence with vodka or Everclear and you’ve got a real Absinthe drink.
The essences are available in four distinct varieties:-
– Classic Green Essence to make a classic “verte” Absinthe which has a thujone content of 35mg per bottle.
– Clear Absinthe Essence to create a clandestine La Bleue style Absinthe. This actually also includes a thujone content of 35mg.
– Orange Essence to produce Absinthe having a twist. This essence is likely to make a yellow-orange coloured Absinthe with a natural orange flavor as well as a thujone content of 35mg.
– Strong 55 Essence is likely to make an Absinthe which has a higher thujone content (55mg) as well as a more bitter wormwood taste.
You can either buy a 20ml bottle of essence for $3.95 to make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe or get a kit for $29 to create 14 bottles of Absinthe. A kit comes with a handy plastic gauge and 14 imaginative bottle labels. All you have to supply is the neutral alcohol base. Bare in mind that the alcohol content of your Absinthe depends on your alcohol base. Be careful, drink Absinthe moderately because it is a much more powerful beverage than other spirits and fermented drinks.
What alcohol is use in Absinthe? A wine alcohol base or a neutral alcohol which lacks a powerful taste of its own – Everclear, vodka or 151 rum.